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Rated the best country in the world by travel experts, Rough Guides,  is just one reason you might consider coming to work in Scotland. We have 31 different nationalities working with us (at the last count) including Spain, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Lithuania, Hungary, Canada and South Africa.

Guide for overseas applicants

Coming to work in a new country can be a little scary, but we’ve helped hundreds settle into new careers in Scotland. Here are the answers to some of the questions you might have.

What paperwork do I need to work with you?

None – just proof of your right to work in the UK like your passport for EU nationals or a copy of a visa.  We’ll help you to apply for a National Insurance number once you get here (something everyone needs to be able to work, get paid and open a bank account in the UK). 

Do you have anywhere for me to stay?

We have over 200 employees living with us in our employee accommodation across our three sites.

There are 129 beds in Crieff, 22 in Peebles and 51 in Ballachulish. You’ll pay a small fee for your room from your pay and this includes heating, electricity and three meals a day. We have a social club for our employees in Crieff.

Do I need to be fluent in English?

It certainly helps to do your job and enjoy life here. We know many people come to work with us to improve their English so you don’t have to be fluent. You must be good enough to have a conversation and we’ll help you improve from there. Some of our team members combine studying English at college with working.   

How will I be paid?

We’ll help with the paperwork you need to open a bank account as soon as possible. You’ll be paid cash in the meantime until you have a UK bank account.

How long can I work for you?

If you have the right to work in the UK, you can stay for as long as you like.  We have some team members who come and work for one season and others who stay with us and move to working in different jobs or are promoted to more senior jobs.

Robert from Simleu Silvaniei, Romania. Café's Manager, Crieff Hydro

“Scotland is a great place to be with lots of opportunities. You can really be yourself and move your career on just with hard work and the right attitude.”

Jenni from El Taque, Tenerife. Reception Supervisor, Peebles Hydro.

“Of all the jobs I’ve had in Scotland, this is my favourite. I love speaking to our guests . It’s a great team to be part of. Everyone helps each other.”

Ela from Olsztyn, Poland. Restaurant Team Leader, Crieff Hydro

“I’ve made lots of great friends working at Crieff Hydro. It’s like living on a university campus here with lots of the team living on site. There are people from lots of different countries so it’s great for improving English.”